Ahead of the release of his new movie 'J Edgar', Clint Eastwood has been discussing his history with Libertarian politics, claiming he first began voting for Presidential candidates in 1952, opting for Dwight Eisenhower. In 1992, he almost voted for billionaire Ross Perot, explaining, "I guess because I like rebels".
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Eastwood says despite supporting liberal issues such as gay marriage, abortion rights and environmental protection, the only Democrat he remembers voting for is Californian governor Gray Davis in 1998.Explaining his often unorthodox political outlook, the filmmaker said, "I've always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves.But I'm a big hawk on cutting the deficit. I was against the stimulus thing too. We shouldn't be bailing out the banks and car companies". When it comes to the upcoming Presidential election, Eastwood appears to favour Herman Cain to go up against Barack Obama, but thinks Mitt Romney is the likely candidate, saying, "I saw a lot of him and you have to admit - he looks like a president.I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you'd definitely pick him". When it was suggested Republican candidate Rick Perry may relish a photo opportunity with the director to boost his profile, Eastwood shrugged, "If he wanted to meet me, he might be a little disappointed".
Clint Eastwood's new movie 'J.Edgar', featuring Leonardo Dicaprio as the controversial FBI director, opens in the U.S. on Friday (11th November 2011).